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Mid-Continent Instruments adds weather radar capabilities

February 1, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 1, 2011, Wichita, Kan. - Mid-Continent Instruments has announced the addition of weather radar capabilities, including calibration, overhaul, repair and exchange. The Wichita, Kan.-based instruments leader is expanding its equipment and employees to incorporate the additional services.

Mid-Continent Instruments is aggressively growing its avionics repair
capabilities and offering its customers factory-level support on legacy
equipment, beginning with Bendix/King radars — the receiver and
transmitter in the RDR 2000 and RDR 2100 digital weather radar systems
(the ART 2000 and ART 2100 respectively). The capability for RDS series
weather sensors, receivers and transmitters for the RDS81, -82, -84 and
-86 solid-state weather radar systems will follow.

The company’s advanced environmental chamber can test the ART 2000/2100
to temperatures between -55˚C and +77˚C. Mid-Continent’s vacuum chamber
tests radars at altitude ranges between -1,000 feet and 55,000 feet,
minimizing the risk of RF arcing. Typical testing performed without a
vacuum chamber cannot detect the RF arcing that can occur at higher

Tom Genovese, Mid-Continent Instruments director of sales, said, “Adding
this service provides our customers with another source for repairs
featuring competitive pricing and the convenience of fast turn times. We
have purchased the test equipment and hired experienced, dedicated
radar technicians. Exchange units are in stock, ready to ship the same
day an order is placed.”



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